Churches and monasteries

St. Fethlimidh’s Cathedral

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Kilmore, Cavan,
Ms Wendy Swan
T: +353(0)494337168

St. Fethlimidh’s Cathedral Kilmore, built in 1860 is situated among the picturesque wooded drumlin hills of Cavan. An active Cathedral has been recently restored.

The design of the Cathedral is in middle pointed Gothic style. The most interesting feature at the Cathedral is a 12th century Romanesque doorway built into the north side of the building. The doorway was removed from an ancient abbey on Trinity Island in Lough Oughter. There are a number of fine stained glass windows in the church, created by famous glass artists, notably Catherine O’Brien. The Cathedral is known as the Bedell memorial Church. William Bedell was bishop of Kilmore from 1629-1642. He was responsible for translating the bible into the Irish language.

Learn about his life in Kilmore and visit his burial place under the giant Sycamore tree. There are a number of ornate headstones in the old community graveyard dating back to 1688. Visitors can walk toward the Motte and Bailey opposite the Cathedral.